Canada to buy 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Boeing

The Government of Canada has signed a Foreign Military Sales Letter of Offer and Acceptance for up to 16 Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft, as part of the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) project.

With this, Canada joins eight defense partners, including all of the FIVE EYES allies, the intelligence alliance that also includes the United StatesUnited KingdomAustralia and New Zealand, and becomes the fifth NATO nation to have selected the P-8 as its multi-mission aircraft.

The delivery of the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft is expected in 2026.

Besides, this procurement will benefit hundreds of Canadian companies, and bring decades of prosperity to Canada through platform sustainment delivered by our Canadian industry partners.

The P-8 acquisition will generate benefits of nearly 3,000 jobs and $358 million annually in economic output to Canada.

About P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

The Boeing P-8 is truly a multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft, excelling at anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and search and rescue.

With more than 160 P-8A Poseidon aircraft delivered or in service, and 560,000 collective flight-hours, the P-8 has proven capabilities for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief response.

The P-8 can fly higher (up to 41,000 ft) and get to the fight faster (490 knots).

Shorter transit times reduce the size of the Area of Probability when searching for submarines, surface vessels or search and rescue survivors.

Besides, P-8 is also designed for low altitude missions and has already proven its abilities supporting humanitarian and search and rescue missions.

A proven system with more than 155 aircraft in service the P-8 has executed more than 500,000 mishap free flight-hours around the globe.

Notably, the P-8 has two variants:

  • The P-8I, flown by the Indian Navy,
  • the P-8A Poseidon flown by the U.S. Navy, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Militaries that have selected the P-8 include the Republic of Korea Navy and German Navy. 

Technical Specifications

Wingspan 123.6 ft 37.64 m
Height 42.1 ft 12.83 m
Length 129.6 ft 39.50 m
Propulsion thrust, each CFM-56-7BE (2)
27,300 lb
121.4 kN
Max speed 490 kt
564 mi/h
459+ ktas
907 km/h
Ceiling 41,000 ft 12,496 m
MGTW 189,200 lb 85,820 kg
Range 1,200+ nm >4 hr time on station, 2,225+ km
Weapon stores compatibility 129 A-size sonobuoysHarpoonMK-54
Survival kit

About Boeing

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As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact.

Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.